Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit Friday afternoon to one of the six people stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew at the gay pride parade in Jerusalem the day before.
Yarden Noy was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem following the attack, which left one of the victims — a 16-year-old girl — in critical condition. Doctors said Friday night that the next few hours would be a crucial period for her.
The assailant, 40-year-old Yishai Schlissel, was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a 10-year sentence for stabbing three people at the pride parade in the capital in 2005.
“Everyone has the right to live in peace in Israel and we will defend that right,” Netanyahu told Noy, adding that the government is holding “a comprehensive inquiry” into why Schlissel was permitted access to the event.
Shaare Zedek Deputy Director Dr. Ofer Marin told Netanyahu that Noy is set to be released in the coming days.
The prime minister wished Noy a speedy recovery on behalf of the citizens of Israel, his media adviser said.
Schlissel was in court in Jerusalem on Friday, and was found fit to stand trial. Police submitted a psychological evaluation of Schlissel to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, which extended Schlissel’s remand by 12 days.
Schlissel refused legal counsel and said he did not recognize the legal standing of the court since it did not abide by Jewish law.
Peace Now announced Friday that it would hold an “emergency” rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, under the banner “Stop the Incitement. Stop the Hatred.” Among the speakers will be gay Palestinian activist Khader Abu-Seif.